Not really all that great, but skates by a lot on charm.
I’m not sure what’s more insanely naive:
that it would take multiple years of Purges, an event specifically tailored to upholding a white supremacist culture via killing people of color, before an overt white supremacist uprising to kill all the BIPOC just happened across the whole country,
or that the worst thing white supremacists would call Mexicans is “brownie”.
Brooklynn Prince is great, and there’s some nice cinematography here and there, and those are the only things that keeping this from being half a star. Feels like those ponderous 2000s-era personal-conflict indie movies, in all the worst ways. There’s nothing compelling or interesting about a dude trying to basically coerce Sofia Boutella into fucking him, and then trying to convince her daughter to fuck him.
The idea of Jason as a haunting symbol of trauma is really interesting on paper, but A New Beginning bungles it in every way possible by making “Jason” a copycat killer whose identity reveal at the end is not only super tacked-on, but retroactively makes the entire rest of the movie you’ve watched feel empty and pointless. If Joey’s death makes Roy insane enough to kill for revenge, why does he kill a whole bunch of people who have nothing…